Jazz guitar iconoclast Marc Ribot is holding court at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco from May 29th to June 1st doing shows ranging from experimental rock to this exciting evening of Cuban-inspired music .
Few players have the kind of range and facility to pull off such a residency, but such a run is perfect for the genre-jumping Ribot. He’s released a litany of albums in genres including jazz, punk, rock, avant-garde, and world beat, in addition to scores of film work. Ribot has contributed to recordings by many major stars including Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits, and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss.
On Saturday, May 31st, Ribot will revitalize his “punk Cuban” band, Los Cubanos Postizos (The Prosthetic Cubans). Ribot originally put the band together near the turn of the century to perform fresh arrangements of music by pioneering Cuban bandleader and composer Arsenio Rodríguez. The groove-heavy ensemble balances traditional rhythms with Ribot’s stinging guitar leads. Ribot explained his interest in Hispanic styles to GP.
“I think about it as ‘border music,’” says Ribot, “from the Mexican idea that the real stuff happens at the borders. And I’m not only talking about national borders. For example, you can think of punk rock existing on the border between NYU students and Puerto Ricans living in the Lower East Side. You can get good musical results if you’re not afraid. It’s good to reach out to the people whose music you like without worrying about whether it’s a familiar situation or socially comfortable. In Europe, people seem to think that there’s a bar where Tom Waits and Tito Puente and Howlin’ Wolf all hang out and tell jokes.”
Ribot’s entire SFJAZZ residency is intriguing: On Thursday the 29th, his solo guitar will accompany the classic Charlie Chaplin film, The Kid. On Friday the 30th, Ribot will fire up his experimental rock band, Ceramic Dog. On Sunday, June 1st, Ribot’s residency concludes with his trio with Henry Grimes on bass and Chad Taylor on drums. Regardless of which shows you choose to attend, don’t expect Ribot to play guitar clichés. He’s wired differently.
“I’m bored with most things on guitar,” says Ribot. “Eight zillion people have tried to play as fast as they can, and so what? The sounds we’re talking about are not part of the tempered scale, but are part of the established language of free improvisers and downtown New York City noisemakers.”
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Guitar Player Presents Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos
May 31st, 2014, 7:30pm
SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
201 Franklin Street (at Fell)
San Francisco, CA 94102
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